Marina Zurkow, "MORE&MORE (the invisible oceans): China," bitforms gallery, 2016

Marina Zurkow
"MORE&MORE (the invisible oceans): China," 2016
Custom software, Mac mini, 40-in screen, and custom metal frame, portrait orientation
41.12 x 20.87 x 12 in / 104.4 x 53 x 30.5 cm, framed
Edition of 3

"MORE&MORE (the invisible oceans)" is a series of generative animations, each based on one the highest-volume port countries of the world. These include China, USA, Japan, Russia, Turkey, Brazil, and Mexico.

The hypnotic animations change and recombine continuously. Each navigates between a lively interplay of iconographic patterns that contribute to a sense of national identity: major export products in the world share (RCA, or Revealed Comparative Advantage) logos for the nation’s primary bank, telecom, gas/oil companies, currency, textiles, graphics, tiles, and other expressions of cultural iconography. Offsetting this, the generic “black box” world of globalized port life is also repeatedly patterned throughout the animations: container ships, cranes, helicopters, planes, and trucks.

Sharing the screen are iconic representations of weather, water, and time of day. The sun, moon, clouds, rain, storms, drips, waves, and splashes punctuate the art works. Synchronized to the respective port’s time zone, each animation has a unique time zone, marked by the rising and setting of the sun and moon. Since ports are never closed, these stratospheric and celestial patterns indicate the passage of time.